The New Orleans Saints have had a great offseason so far depending on who you talk to, but we can all agree things just got much better with the team getting contracts done with four of the five members of the Saints’ 2013 NFL draft class.
Of course, outside of that there is plenty to talk about when it comes to the team.
Let’s take a look.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
Terrance Harris has a feature on rookie receiver Kenny Stills’ relationship with his father. Kenny Stills Sr. is a former NFL player. That is kind of a theme in the Saints’ locker room. Running back Mark Ingram, defensive end Cameron Jordan and receiver Nick Toon all have fathers who played in the NFL.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
Mike Triplett writes that all signs point to running back Mark Ingram having a bigger impact than he did in his first two seasons. The backfield is a little less crowded with the departure of Chris Ivory and coach Sean Payton has said the running game will be more important than in the past. It also is important to note that Ingram is fully healthy, which hasn’t always been the case since he came out of college. This guy is a former first-round pick and I think the Saints are going to make it a point this season to try to get some return on their investment.
Per Rachel Whittaker:
Rufus Johnson Sr.’s illness prevented him from attending many of his son’s games at Tarleton State. So Rufus Jr., a defensive end for the Texans, was thrilled to be in a quiet setting with his father, mother and siblings as the next chapter in his football career began that Saturday afternoon.
“My dad just gave me the smile that he’s been giving me since I was 6 years old, ever since I was playing Pop Warner,” the younger Johnson said. “He gave me that smile and told me ‘Good job.’ He embraced me with a hug, kissed me on my forehead and told me that now it’s time to go to work.”
Per Kevin Hanson:
While I don’t go into fantasy drafts with the mindset of specifically targeting Colston, he’s a player that I’ll gladly roster once he falls further than he should. Based on current average draft position data (ADP) from Mock Draft Central, Colston is the 26th wide receiver and 63rd player overall, on average, off the board in mock drafts.
Despite being drafted as a WR3, he is a safe WR2—and even has the potential to be a low-end WR1, like last season.
Fantasy Strength of Schedule
Based on the cumulative fantasy points allowed by their opponents from Week 1 to 16, Colston and the Saints receivers have the league’s least favorable schedule among wide receivers.
2013 Stat Projection: 85 Receptions, 1,199 Yards, 9 Touchdowns